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25 Creative New Ways to Cook Salmon

If your go-to salmon routine has got you down, do not fear. Inspiration is here.

The salmon situation can get pretty basic around here. If it’s a weeknight and I’m home with the kids, I’ll roast a small salmon fillet on a baking sheet with butter and herbs à la Mark Bittman. If it’s a weekend (or vacation) my husband grills up salmon steaks with little other than salt, pepper, olive oil, and a bit of lemon juice (no cedar planks here). If it’s a special Sunday morning, it’s smoked salmon on an everything bagel. Don’t get me wrong, it’s all delicious. But these "no-recipe" salmon recipes can feel a bit familiar after all this time. And I don’t blame the salmon.

When you slip into a similar salmon rut (no. more. baked salmon!) just know that there are plenty of creative ways to get yourself out of it and learn to love salmon once again. Here are 25 of the best salmon recipes out there that aren’t straight-up baked, roasted, or grilled — or served on a bagel.

BBQ Spiced Salmon

The pineapple salsa in this salmon recipe from How Sweet It is is enough to wake up your tired taste buds on its own. If the total time seems long, that's just to allow the salsa to sit for 30-45 minutes so the flavors can meld; after that, pop skin-on salmon under the broiler for a short 6-8 minute cooking time and you're done!

BBQ Spiced Salmon

Salmon with Strawberry Avocado Salsa

Love the fruit and salmon combo? Try it with strawberry salsa, instead. Shawnda, at Confections of a Foodie Bride, calls it “an unlikely combination, but one that works.”

Salmon with Strawberry Avocado Salsa

Grilled Balsamic Salmon Kabobs

This recipe, from Eat, Live, Run, has two things that make most BBQ dishes that much better: high-quality balsamic vinegar and skewers.

Grilled Balsamic Salmon Kabobs

Grapefruit and Avocado Salad With Seared Salmon

This heart-healthy salad, with omega-3 fatty acids from both salmon and walnuts, is as good as it is gorgeous.

Grapefruit and Avocado Salad With Seared Salmon

Salmon Shioyaki

What is shioyaki, you ask? It’s Japanese, for salt-grilled deliciousness. (I may have taken some liberty with that translation). In this recipe, aluminum foil helps to temper the heat from the grill. Do not skip the part where you crisp the skin — it makes the dish. Serve simply with rice, seaweed, lemon slices, and (my fave condiment ever) furikake.

Salmon Shioyaki

Maple-Miso Dijon Salmon

Miso on its own is delicious on salmon, but couple it with maple and dijon, like Kevin does in this glazed salmon recipe from Closet Cooking, and… just, wow.

Maple-Miso Dijon Salmon

Poached Salmon With Dill Horseradish Sauce

I always forget about poaching as a cooking method — to my own detriment. For this recipe, from Serious Eats, bring a savory blend of white wine, veggie stock, onion, dill, sage leaves, bay leaves, and lemon to a nice simmer before adding the salmon filets (skin side down) — it will smell incredible (and not fishy).

Poached Salmon With Dill Horseradish Sauce

Moroccan Spiced Salmon

This recipe, from Leite’s Culinaria, is presented as a salad, but it could easily skew more main course if you dial up the portion of salmon and dial back the arugula. Says one reviewer, “The salmon could stand on its own anytime at our house.”

Moroccan Spiced Salmon

Smoky Salmon BLTs

That’s smoky, not smoked. This recipe takes your beloved BLT to the next level. (And yes, that's a croissant).

Smoky Salmon BLTs

Easy, Creamy One-Pot Salmon Chowder

Fish soup! So easy. So delicious. Don’t add the salmon until the final 3 minutes, says J. Kenji López-Alt from Serious Eats.

Easy, Creamy One-Pot Salmon Chowder

Smoked Salmon Brunch Taco Bar

“If [Wolfgang] Puck can do smoked salmon pizza, I can do tacos,” says Cathy Pollak of Noble Pig. And with that, she gives us the Smoked Salmon Brunch Taco Bar — part Mexican (Jack cheese, tortillas), part Japanese (furikake, daikon radish), part Jewish deli (whipped cream cheese, capers), all parts deliciousness.

Smoked Salmon Brunch Taco Bar

Pizza With Smoked Salmon and Caviar

And speaking of Wolfgang Puck, POPSUGAR has his signature smoked salmon and caviar pizza recipe.

Pizza With Smoked Salmon and Caviar

Tandoori Salmon

Yes, even salmon can rock the tandoori treatment, as seen in this delicious salmon recipe from Food & Wine.

Tandoori Salmon

Salmon Tartare

A classic tartare, like this one from Bon Appetit, is a highly snackable way to make an 8-ounce fillet of salmon disappear just like that.

Salmon Tartare

Easy Salmon Poke Bowl

It really doesn’t get easier than cubing some fresh salmon for this easy and refreshing poke bowl.

Easy Salmon Poke Bowl

Keto Salmon Sushi Bowl

If you prefer your salmon cooked, and rice is on your naughty list, this simple salmon "rice" bowl, from Hey Keto Mama, has your number. Frozen riced cauliflower and salmon-in-a-bag make this quick, easy, keto, and delicious — perfect for a busy weeknight.

Keto Salmon Sushi Bowl

Keto Salmon Patties

Almond flour is the secret to Cast Iron Keto’s crispy salmon patty recipe.

Keto Salmon Patties

Old Bay Salmon Cakes

If you’re not afraid of panko breadcrumbs, this classic salmon cake recipe, from Karyl's Kulinary Krusade, is also a keeper.

Old Bay Salmon Cakes

Smoked Salmon Egg Stuffed Avocados

Let Fresh Planet Flavor help you win Sunday brunch with these smoked salmon and egg-stuffed avocados.

Smoked Salmon Egg Stuffed Avocados

Easy Pickled Salmon

My initial reaction was, WHAT?! Then I did a little research. “Pickled fish might sound really strange but it’s a very popular classical Russian dish,” says Inessa at Grab and Go Recipes (which specializes in Russian home cooking). “We call it Selyodka which is pickled herring.” You just swap the fish!

Easy Pickled Salmon

Keto Smoked Salmon Fat Bombs

Like the classic everything bagel sandwich, minus the bagel — just five ingredients and no cooking required! Thanks, Sugar-Free Mom!

Keto Smoked Salmon Fat Bombs

Grilled Salmon Collars

True salmon lovers know to ask their fishmonger for the collar, where all the flavor hides. This recipe, from Bon Appetit, has you marinate salmon collars in a sweet-spicy Japanese tare (a marinade of mirin, soy sauce, sake, and spices) for 30 minutes to two hours. Then grill — and enjoy.

Grilled Salmon Collars

Golden Parmesan-Herb Crusted Salmon

Sometimes you just need to smother your salmon fillets with melted butter, parmesan, fresh herbs, and panko breadcrumbs to change things up a little. With just 10 minutes of prep time, this baked salmon recipe might be your new weeknight hero.

Golden Parmesan-Herb Crusted Salmon

Salmon Curry

In this pan-seared salmon recipe from Salu Salo Recipes, simply make a paste with spices and cashews, spread it across the salmon fillets, and fry them up.

Salmon Curry

Sesame And Ginger Salmon En Papillote

Baking in parchment might seem fancy, but it's actually a very straightforward way to bake salmon. In this recipe, from Healthy Food Guide UK, you nestle salmon fillets over spiralized veggies, sprinkle sesame seeds and an Asian-inspired sauce, then bake for 15 minutes or less.

Sesame And Ginger Salmon En Papillote

Got your recipe picked out? For every question you ever had about salmon, check out Yummly’s comprehensive three-part guide: Salmon 101, Buying & Storing Salmon, and Preparing & Cooking Salmon.

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